The demands of caregiving can be overwhelming, especially if you feel like you can’t control the situation. If the stress from caregiving is left unchecked it can lead to some major health risks both physically and mentally. While feeling burned out isn’t uncommon, it’s important to find useful ways to combat those feelings. Here are a couple of ways to start.
Take Time To Care For Yourself
Whether it’s mentally or physically, taking time for yourself is very important in reducing stress. Scheduling time to allow your body to recuperate and be in a stress-free environment is the best step for overcoming the feeling of being burned out. Here are a few activities that help relax the mind and body:
- Take 30 minutes to an hour for exercise like Yoga or Mediation to help clear the mind.
- Go to sleep early and get at least 8 hours of shut-eye.
- Spend time doing things you love (i.e. read a book, watch a movie, journal, etc.).
Ask For Help From Your Support System
Asking for help as a caregiver doesn’t mean you’re a bad caregiver. The first step in asking for help is to take time listing out the duties and tasks that your loved one needs. Then see if any of your loved one’s other family, friends, or even neighbors are able to help. This may even allow you to schedule in some self-care time for yourself.
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Avoiding negativity can feel really difficult if the focus of blame is on yourself or even your loved one. As a pro tip, try not to dwell on the things you can’t do. Instead, focus on all the hard work you’ve put in. If a situation arises that is negative, discuss the issue with the support system. As a team, you may be able to find a solution to the problem. The best way to keep positive is to focus on the rewards of caring for someone you love.
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